New Speaking Tour in the Works

Rollicking adventures and moving stories entertain and fascinate audiences, involving them in questions-and-answer sessions, and allowing them to share their own favorite stories of travel in the birthplace of civilization. As an author, I enjoy meeting my readers, and bringing the pages to life with them. Libraries, bookstores, cultural centers, and other intimate venues offer … Continue reading New Speaking Tour in the Works

The Venice of Dreams

Our first encounter with Venice had been put off as long as possible. Fear of disappointment, perhaps, fear that the stories might be accurate, made us hesitate. Was there any truth to the rumor that it was a dirty, smelly relic, jammed with tourists and kitsch? We were afraid that our dreams of a lovely … Continue reading The Venice of Dreams

A Glide in a Gondola

For many visitors, a trip to Venice would be incomplete without a voyage on a gondola. We were no exception. At several points around the city we encountered gondolieri, dressed in their traditional striped shirts and flat-topped boater hats, usually decorated by a red or blue ribbon. Gondoliers offered their services with repeated chants of … Continue reading A Glide in a Gondola

The World’s Most Unique Nation

Tourists often travel to see things: scenery, art, architecture, the cities themselves. Many people sign themselves up for a tour, and in a few days pay whirlwind visits. They see Rome's Coliseum and the Vatican, Florence's Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo's David, and then they are bused to a rendezvous with a Venetian gondola, where for … Continue reading The World’s Most Unique Nation

The Ghost City of Basilicata

Basilicata is an ancient land, with traditions and superstitions that date far back into the dusty pages of history. Here, long before the arrival of Christianity, people were aware of the close connection of both men and animals to the land. The stories of terrible beasts and dragons were passed down from generations long ago. … Continue reading The Ghost City of Basilicata

Romancing Through Italy Published

Twenty years of exploring Italy leads one to an amazing variety of adventures, and misadventures! The true stories of Romancing Through Italy relate the surprising heart-warming and sometimes spine-chilling experiences of traveling in an exotic and ancient culture. The perfect, relaxing summer or beach read, each chapter offers an insight into a facet of Italian … Continue reading Romancing Through Italy Published